Associate Director, Study Start Up Contracts

PRA Health Sciences Blue Bell , PA 19422

Posted 2 months ago

"Do you want to watch clinical development change or do you want to be the one to shape it?"

We're hoping you're here for the latter.

Who are we?

We Are PRA.

We are over 17,000 employees strong, operating in more than 90 countries. We are committed to saving lives and we are constantly striving to be the best at what we do. Our impact is real and we see it every single day. We help get life-saving drugs into the hands of those who need them most.

Who are you?

As an experienced professional, you are a natural leader with a passion for Study Start-Up. You understand the importance of Clinical Site Agreements in the activation pathway and can objectively balance risks with delivery. You see the big picture without losing sight of the day-to-day support of your team. You are excited, enthusiastic, and willing to do the hard work required to successfully drive change. You never settle, and partner with your colleagues to achieve goals and pursue excellence because you understand that by doing so, you encourage others to do the same. And let's not forget about your goals -- you want to work in a place where you can influence, innovate, and be afforded opportunities for growth. A place you enjoy working. Still interested? Good. Because if this describes you, we'd like to meet you.

What you will be doing?

  • Drive performance and innovation of SSU Contracts people, processes and technology

  • Lead site contracts teams to achieve clinical deliverables to committed timelines, promoting critical path methodologies while ensuring quality and compliance.

  • Lead a risk-based approach on cycle times and language. Ensures strong, objective controls over legal language, budget offerings and protecting PRA and its clients.

  • Ensure teams are delivering within acceptable scope and resource constraints.

  • Support RFI, RFP and Bid Defense requirements.

  • Ensure teams are trained and equipped to deliver excellence

  • Deploy tactics to build excellence in staff who truly own delivery of their assigned contracting needs, efficiently minimizing cycle times. Deploy and help development of contracting strategy, negotiation skills and tactics development and client consultancy.

  • Partner with the wider Start Up leadership group in pursuit of global KPI achievements

  • Ensure seamless collaboration between SSU Contracts staff and the wider StartUp team for that site and study.

  • Build trusting and effective regional networks within both GSSU and the wider business to service clients

  • Manage and support the professional development of the contract managers within your reporting line and region

  • Provide interim back up support for peers, Exec leadership and others throughout GSSU as may be required from time to time.

What do you need to have?

  • 4+ years managing or leading Contracts or Clinical delivery functions required

  • Experience managing direct and indirect reports across the US required

  • Positive personality, effectively engaging and collaborating with new people in a matrix organization required

  • Results driven with strong sense of ownership of deliverables; Ability to positively influence clients, peers and thought leaders required

  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity, paired with strong resilience and ability to operate under pressure required

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and mitigate risk required

  • Strong capability of prioritizing task required

  • Excellent negotiator with varied collaborative negotiation strategy experiences required

  • Timeline and efficiency focused required

  • Bachelor's degree or international equivalent required

  • Fluent English language skills required


  • CRO or Pharma experience preferred

  • Formal legal training and qualifications pertinent to Commercial Contracting preferred

  • 2+ years experience in roles requiring first hand contract negotiation experience and/or leading teams doing such preferred

  • Substantial experience working in a fully outsourced, professional services business model with full accountability for utilization and delivery risk preferred

  • Experience of Full Service Provider delivery models and strong understanding of how to operate them successfully. Understanding the difference compared to a professional services outsource model preferred

  • Experience in both North America and Latin America preferred

PRA is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to providing opportunities to minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Associate Director, Study Start Up Contracts

PRA Health Sciences